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Building capacity to help Africa trade better

Tag: Trade regulation

Enhancing capacity in standards-related areas for African countries

Enhancing capacity in standards-related areas for African countries

10 Nov 14  Event
tralac has been involved in a unique capacity building exercise this year. We have been asked to assist the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Germany’s National Metrology In...
Shaping a 21st Century Trade Integration Agenda for Africa

Shaping a 21st Century Trade Integration Agenda for Africa

11 Aug 14  Publications
The SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government takes place this week (17-18 August 2014). This occasion presents an important opportunity for decisive deliberations on an integra...
Ghana – trade and trade related issues

Ghana – trade and trade related issues

25 Jun 14  Publications
The World Bank reports that Ghana is a medium sized country in west Africa, with a land area of around the same size as the United Kingdom or Uganda. The reported population i...
The Bali WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Implications for southern Africa

The Bali WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Implications for southern Africa

25 Jun 14  Publications
Trade facilitation referrs to the simplification, harmonisation, standardisation and modernisation of trade procedures. It encompasses policies designed to reduce trade transaction...
The Tripartite FTA: Background and overview of progress made in developing new harmonized Rules of Origin

The Tripartite FTA: Background and overview of progress made in developing new harmonized Rules of Origin

25 Jun 14  Publications
Rules of Origin (RoO) are instruments used to determine the real source and economic origin of traded goods. Different types of RoO however serve different objectives. Non-preferen...
Export taxes in the South African context

Export taxes in the South African context

08 May 14  Publications
Export taxes are increasingly becoming a focus of attention in South African trade policy, and the objective of this paper is to review the trade and economic issues associate...
The Consequences of Retaliation in Southern African Trade Relations

The Consequences of Retaliation in Southern African Trade Relations

05 Mar 14  Publications
There are sound reasons why African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have been designed as rules-based trade arrangements. Firstly, they have to function in terms of the GATT r...
High Court of Botswana steps into void left by SADC Tribunal

High Court of Botswana steps into void left by SADC Tribunal

05 Mar 14  Publications
The suspension in 2010 of the SADC Tribunal has left a serious gap in the functioning of the Organization. The integrity and operations of SADC are affected if it is impossible for...
Next IPAP version drafted, says Minister Davies

Next IPAP version drafted, says Minister Davies

04 Mar 14  News
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a draft of the next iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) has been prepared. Minister Davies was addressing a post S...
COMESA Court of Justice rules that Mauritius breached the COMESA rules for the Free Trade Area

COMESA Court of Justice rules that Mauritius breached the COMESA rules for the Free Trade Area

18 Sep 13  News
COMESA Court orders a refund of customs duties to a small company In a landmark case, the COMESA Court of Justice has decided that the Government of Mauritius, by imposing a custo...
BRICS: South Africa’s Way Ahead?

BRICS: South Africa’s Way Ahead?

28 Aug 13  Publications
The accession of South Africa into the ‘BRICS’ formation has attracted wide attention internationally. Some welcomed the step while others questioned it. A closer look at BRICS...
tralac Policy Brief: A new tribunal for SADC, but with limited jurisdiction and fewer powers

tralac Policy Brief: A new tribunal for SADC, but with limited jurisdiction and fewer powers

28 Aug 13  Publications
At the recent SADC Summit for Heads of State and Government, which took place from 17 to 18 August 2013, in Lilongwe, Malawi, an important decision on the future of the SADC Tribun...

Redirecting the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement negotiations?

26 Jun 13  Publications
At the first summit of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (T-FTA) states in October 2008 in Kampala, certain decisions were adopted on how to launch and undertake the process of e...
The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement: implications for South Africa

The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement: implications for South Africa

05 Jun 13  Publications
Two-way merchandise trade between New Zealand and China has increased since the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was implemented, but this is a weak test of the FTA per se as virtually a...
Study into the cooperation of border management agencies in Zimbabwe

Study into the cooperation of border management agencies in Zimbabwe

29 May 13  Publications
Zimbabwe is a landlocked developing country with a population of 14 million, sharing common borders with Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. Zimbabwe has 14 border posts...
China and South Africa on their way to sustainable trade relations

China and South Africa on their way to sustainable trade relations

29 May 13  Publications
Over the last decade China has become South Africa’s single biggest trading partner. In this period foreign direct investment from China in South Africa grew as well. Although So...
A brief overview of intra-African trade in east and southern Africa: Kenya, Zambia and Uganda

A brief overview of intra-African trade in east and southern Africa: Kenya, Zambia and Uganda

22 May 13  Publications
The historically low levels of intra-African trade have made Africa vulnerable to external economic shocks and have fostered a dependency on the rest of the world. As a result of t...
Another chapter in the SADC Tribunal saga: South African Court confirms the Tribunal’s Costs Order

Another chapter in the SADC Tribunal saga: South African Court confirms the Tribunal’s Costs Order

03 Oct 12  Publications
During the final week of September 2012, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a judgment giving effect to aspects of an earlier ruling by the Southern African Deve...
Training for the National Trade Negotiations Team Uganda, 18-20 June 2012

Training for the National Trade Negotiations Team Uganda, 18-20 June 2012

22 Jun 12  Event
tralac organised a training programme for the National Trade Negotiations Team of Uganda from 18-20 June 2012. This training sought, among other things, to improve the knowledge an...
Trade capacity building: from Stockholm to Cape Town, March 2012

Trade capacity building: from Stockholm to Cape Town, March 2012

28 Mar 12  Event
The Swedish National Board of Trade has organized two one-year capacity building programmes during 2011-2012, in the areas of Rules of Origin and Trade Facilitation. The programmes...

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